Alaska to Begin Philadelphia and Ft. Lauderdale Flights

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Waikiki (photo: Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Waikiki (photo: Alaska Airlines)

Alaska to Launch Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale

Alaska Airlines will soon begin two new nonstop flights to the east coast from its hub at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).  Alaska along with its regional partner, Horizon Air, is the dominant full service carrier operating to most markets on the United States west coast, Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and Alaska.

Starting June 11, 2012, Alaska will launch service between Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).  A month later, beginning July 16, 2012, a non-stop flight will be added between Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) and Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International (FLL).

Once the Fort Lauderdale route is started, Alaska will discontinue their nonstop flight between Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) and Miami International Airport (MIA).  The two airports are a mere 27 miles apart and provide service to the same geographic area – in fact, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International (FLL) is easier to access for the greater Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach area, which makes up the greater Miami area.  West Palm Beach International (PBI), the other major airport for the area, is about 50 miles north of Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International.

Besides convenient access for the greater metro area, airline operating costs are lower at Fort Lauderdale than they are in Miami.  This makes the use of Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport more cost effective for Alaska Airlines.

From Alaska’s Seattle hub, passengers can make connections to destinations across the west coast as well as Alaska and Hawaii.

“Philadelphia is one of the largest cities we don’t currently serve from Seattle while Fort Lauderdale is a popular departure point for cruise ship passengers,” said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “We’re excited to be bringing our award-winning customer service to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ and ‘The Venice of America.’ ”

The flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 16 first class seats and 141 in the economy cabin.  Both routes will provide Alaska’s Northern Bites meal service, a buy on board meal program.

Alaska Airlines New Flight Schedules to Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale

Summary of new Seattle-Philadelphia flights:
Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
June 11 Seattle-Philadelphia 8:35 a.m. 4:55 p.m. Daily
June 11 Philadelphia-Seattle 5:55 p.m. 9:10 p.m. Daily
Summary of new Seattle-Fort Lauderdale flights:
Start Date City Pair Departs Arrives Frequency
July 16 Seattle-Fort Lauderdale 10:10 p.m. 6:55 a.m. Daily
July 17 Fort-Lauderdale-Seattle 8:10 a.m. 11:25 a.m. Daily
All times based on local time zones

Introductory Fares

Alaska will be offering introductory fares starting at $190 each way on the route between Seattle and Philadelphia.  To Fort Lauderdale, a special introductory fare will start at $170 each way.  Blackout dates and other restrictions apply to these introductory fares.

Double Miles Seattle to Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale

If you’re a member of the Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Plan, you can earn double miles on the new routes; to qualify, members of the Alaska Airlines’ Mileage Program must register online at  Between Seattle and Philadelphia, double miles will be offered through August 6, 2012, and on flights between Seattle and Ft. Lauderdale through September 11, 2012.

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